About me

As Captain of the trawler Júlíus Geirmundsson in 2018 but she is named after my grandfather.

Born in Reykjavik Iceland in May 26th 1957 son of seafarers as my mother sailed during the WWII on Icelandic passengership and my father in the fishing fleet from 1942 till 1954 when he joined the Merchant fleet till his retirement in 1992. My first signed on a ship was week before my 15th birthday on the coastal vessel Esja where my father was AB.

AB on the passenger vessel GULLFOSS in 1973

As trainee in the Icelandic Coast Guard serving on the Coast Guard vessel ÓÐINN in 1972 at the age of 15.

The next years I served on different ships but longest on the tanker Kyndill (IMO 6820842) till I was accepted to the Navigation School in Reykjavik in 1975. During my time in the Navigation School I and my best friend and class mate Magnus Hardarson where AB’s on the US drilling vessel Glomar Challenger. We both gratuated in 1978. His latest ship was master of the container vessel LAGARFOSS (IMO 9641314) till retirement in August 2021.

Three Icelandic AB’s on the GLOMAR CHALLENGER in 1975. From left Magnus Hardarson (retired Captain of Lagarfoss), Kjartan Jarlsson, and I. 

I sailed on different general cargo ships as Second and Chief officer but in 1979 I joined the Icelandic State Shipping. For four years I sailed as Supercargo, Second officer and Chief officer on Norwegian pallet carriers chartered to the Icelandic State Shipping (Ríkisskip). Promoted to Captain in 1984 when the charter vessel was purchased to our company.

Second Officer on RO/RO vessel BIFRÖST in the North Atlantic on voyage from Hafnarfjörður (Ic) to Norfolk Virginia (US) in 1978.

In my Icelandic State Shipping uniform in 2013 with my vessel for 25 years SÆBJÖRG in the background.

In 1991 I took over as Department Manager and Pricipal of the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre in Reykjavík which is owned by Icelandic Association of Search and Rescue. I also took command as the Captain of the training vessel Sæbjörg. By end of October 2023 I retired as the principal of the MSSTC after 32 years and two weeks later I moved to Torrevieja in Spain. I have been involved in numerious committees on safety of seafareres and fishermen including the board of the Maritime Council and present the Safety Investigation Authority, SIA-Iceland since 1995. Been advisor to the Icelandic Transport Authority to IMO meetings regarding training of seafarers (STW and HTW meetings). From 2004 to 2015 I was Chairman of the International Association of Safety and Survival Training. From 2022 I have been on of directors of the FISH Platform which is the world-leading group of experts involved in safety and health in the fishing industry, with participants from around the world. In 2023 I was appointed to the board of the MSSTC.

With my wife Áslaug (Kris) Hansen and wearing the Knights Cross.

In 1990 I was awarded on the Icelandic Maritime Day for good order of Safety on my vessel ASKJA (IMO 7407726) and in 2007 awarded by Sea Shore and Safety Services, Dublin, Ireland for my contribution to safety at sea Internationaly. In 2013 I was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Falcon by President of Iceland for my contribution to safety of Icelandic seafarers and fishermen. Appointed to Honourary Member of IASST in 2015.

I and my wife on the Icelandic Maritime day in 2014 with our oldest grandchildren on the bridge wing of the training vessel SÆBJÖRG. I and my crew with spouces played pirates for that day.

My hobby is modern merchant ships of the world and specially Icelandic owned and operated ships. I collect photos of ships and if you own a photo of Icelandic ships or former Icelandic ships please tell me about them. I keep a database on all merchant ships that has been owned or operated by Icelandic company’s or individuals since 1885. I can also provide informations on ships that has been in the Icelandic ship’s register which started in 1924. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I can help you.

In command of the SAR vessel VÖRÐUR II in October 2018 after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard in helicopter winching of our students at the MSSTC.

I have written three books on Icelandic shipping company’s, Hf. Eimskipafélag Íslands (Eimskip) in 1988 and again in 2014 and Skipaútgerð ríkisins (The Icelandic State Shipping) in 1990. The Icelandic State Shipping was closed down in 1992 but the company had been serving the coastal trade around Iceland since 1929. I have also a column writer for the magazine “Sjómannablaðið Víkingur” since 1987 and have been responcible for the magazine’s seafarers photo contest since 2000. I also represent the magazine in the Nordic seafarers photo competition that takes place every year between the Nordic seafarers.

Standing by the trawler named after my grandfather which I had the opportunity to take command off for a few days in September 2018. A great thanks to her permanent captain for making my dream come through. I was born on my grandfathers 73rd birthday. Again I took her from Reykjavik to Isafjordur in 2023.

I have been a member of the World Ship Society since 1974, Klubb Maritim (Sweden) since 1987, Norsk Skipsfartshistorisk Selskap from 1990. I have been hobby photographer since at the age of 11 and have participated in few photo exibitions together with the Icelandic photo club Focus. My main topic is ships photographs and portraid photos.

My ships: